Although Lithops (the "Living Stones") are probably the first Mesembs which most people grow, Conophytums will not be far behind. Their - usually - smaller bodies which often form dense clusters of heads, and their wider range of flower colours, provide a strong  attractive force! Certainly it is a lovely sight to see a group of Cono's in full bloom in early October after most of the cacti has stopped flowering and are bedding down for the winter.

Another fact in their favour is that most Conophytums will flower at a small size (those pictured are each in 2" (50mm) square pots) so they can be accomodated even in overcrowded greenhouses.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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